Common Mobile Web Design Mistakes
- Posted in Monkie's Blog
- Monday, 19 May 2014 08:00
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As more people access the Internet through their mobile devices, web designers need to include mobile access to their design strategy. As a business owner or web designer, the last thing you should do is think that your consumers do not access your website on a mobile device.
The number of mobile Internet users is already significant and will only continue to grow. Your strategy moving forward should reflect this user behavior change as quickly as possible. However, simply accepting that mobile Internet users are an integral target audience is not enough. Both care and planning should go into designing a mobile website to avoid the following mistakes:
Forgetting about different mobile device widths
Mobile devices come in a number of shapes and screen sizes. Be aware of the maximum width needed for your web page. You should also format the website to suit different screen sizes. Not accounting for different screen sizes means that elements on the page may be rendered in unusable sizes for some visitors. Elements may seem too small and some way to big.
Setting up long forms
Filling forms can be tedious on a desktop computer or laptop, so imagine how annoying it would be to fill out a long form on your mobile device. You need to be very careful about how you design web forms for your mobile users. Focus on simplicity and ask the minimum amount of questions required. Do not forget to set the input type for each field so mobile devices display the right screens to fill out the details. For instance, setting the input type as numbers for a field ensures that the keyboard displays numbers by default instead of letters.
Not changing content for mobile
You may be tempted to simply transfer content on your desktop website to your mobile website, but this is the last thing you want to do if you want to maintain a positive user experience. In fact, you need develop a specific strategy and focus on space and element constraints on mobile devices, which are more significant than on computers and laptops. A good approach is to look at your website content and consider whether each element and piece of content is necessary for mobile users. Some elements may not have a purpose even for desktop users. Cut down on such elements and decorative aspects of your website so that your mobile website only delivers highly relevant and useful content.
Simplicity or Functionality
It may be easy to simply start removing items from your website to enhance the user experience for mobile users however this should not be done at the risk of removing useful content and reducing the sites functionality. Choices should be made when revising content to try to create a light, simple mobile-friendly site while enhancing functionality and increasing relevant content for users. You should analyze each website element and your content and determine how much value they hold for your visitors. This process will take time, but speeding things up will only increase the risk of diminishing essential functionality and content your users may have already grown accustomed to on your website.